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Windows 7: Puzzled by the amount of space Win 7 is using on my SSD

08 Nov 2014   #11
gregrocker

 

We've never had data loss using Partition Wizard boot CD here in tens of thousands of these operations we've helped with, often much more complicated than this one. But I would use the boot disk which is safest. Burn ISO to CD using Windows Image Burner. Partition Wizard Resize Partition - Video Help.

All others except Disk Mgmt can fail.

PW also has an amazing Extend feature which can borrow space from any other partition even it its not adjacent: How to extend partition easily with Partition Wizard - video help.


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11 Nov 2014   #12
Tinsby

Dual boot Win7 Pro 64 & Linux Mint 17.2 "Rafaela"
 
 

Thanks again I am ready to give it a try. Great stuff and most appreciated.

Regards
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11 Nov 2014   #13
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

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Recently installed 7 on my new 240GB SSD. I went in to Computer Management to shrink the partition holding 7. I was amazed to see that the install is taking up 137GB+/-of space leaving me with a paltry 30GB or so out of 240! I did extend the partition a bit to make it the 193GB you see in the screenshot.
I'm confused.

The screenshot currently shown in post #1 indicates that of the 193GB C-partition, about 147GB is FREE. If this is a screenshot from your new Win7 install onto the new SSD, that means the Win7 install took 46GB.

This doesn't correspond to your comment that the install took 137GB.

What am I missing?
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11 Nov 2014   #14
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

I think it was a misunderstanding of space used versus how much the [C] partition could be shrunk using Disk Management (Windows is running).
While Windows is running there are unmovable files that prevented shrinking as much as the OP wanted, so it appeared Windows was using more space than the prior install.

Using bootable Partition Wizard, these unmovable Windows files can be moved, allowing for a smaller [C] drive.

It wasn't clear this was the case until the DM screen print was posted.
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11 Nov 2014   #15
dperecky

win7 64bit Ult. using: XP Mode, in English or Español, SUA, Bitlocker
 
 

That's the problem of SSDs.... There has to be a down side, right?

With SSDs, unless you're actively monitoring Disc usage, you will not be aware when the OS is going crazy on it. Whereas with a regular disc HD, you can readily hear it whizzing like it wants to go into orbit.
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12 Nov 2014   #16
Tinsby

Dual boot Win7 Pro 64 & Linux Mint 17.2 "Rafaela"
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidE View Post
I think it was a misunderstanding of space used versus how much the [C] partition could be shrunk using Disk Management (Windows is running).
While Windows is running there are unmovable files that prevented shrinking as much as the OP wanted, so it appeared Windows was using more space than the prior install.

Using bootable Partition Wizard, these unmovable Windows files can be moved, allowing for a smaller [C] drive.

It wasn't clear this was the case until the DM screen print was posted.
Thank you for making it more clear than I did! Your assesment is exactly on point!

Cheers
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